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Switch demos

Thousands of games are currently available on Switch, and there are a ton of demos out there for many of them. Not just Nintendo, but also third-parties are offering demos. We’ve now put together a comprehensive list of what’s out there.

Since our reader base is English-speaking, that’s what we’re focusing on here. In other words, we’re highlighting Switch demos that you can find in North America and Europe. Japan has a few extra demos on its end, but a majority of them are for titles that are not currently being sold in the west and are only playable in Japanese.

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Antonblast demo

Antonblast now has a release date. Today, it was announced that the game launches on November 12, 2024.

For those who are looking to experience it early, a demo goes live on the eShop today.

We previously reported on Antonblast last year. The fast-paced explosive action platformer takes a page out of the Wario Land series.

Umbraclaw demo released

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There’s still some time left until the launch of Umbraclaw, but Switch owners can get their hands on a new demo starting today.

A good amount of content is included in the demo. Players can access the tutorial, free-roaming hub stage, and two complete stages (Anabraw Forest and Crag Plains) with boss battles. Inti Creates is letting fans can a glimpse at the character growth system for Kuon as you explore for crystals that will allow you to upgrade her abilities and survivability in the harsh environment of the Soulplane.

SaGa Emerald Beyond demo

Square Enix is about to release a demo for SaGa Emerald Beyond, the company just announced. Fans will be available to play it “from local midnight” on Switch.

Switch owners will be able to play as Ameya Aisling, one of the game’s protagonists. Meanwhile, the demo on PS5 and PS4 features Tsunanori Mido, and the Steam version focuses on Diva No. 5. Note that progress from the demo can be carried over to the full version.

SaGa Emerald Beyond launches for Switch on April 25, 2024.

Princess Peach Showtime demo

Nintendo has just released a demo for Princess Peach: Showtime ahead of the game’s upcoming launch. This is starting to roll out worldwide.

To download the demo, head on over to the eShop. Alternatively, you can access it from Nintendo’s website here.

Mario vs Donkey Kong demo

Starting today, Mario vs. Donkey Kong fans can get their hands on a brand new demo ahead of launch.

The demo can be accessed via the Switch eShop. It includes four levels from the first world of Mario vs. Donkey Kong, the enhanced version of the Game Boy Advance. Also available is a first look at the new Two Player mode, where you can share one of your Joy-Con controllers with a friend and team up as Mario and Toad. That’s along with access to the game’s new difficulty settings in single-player mode – choose Classic Style to experience the same difficulty level as the original Game Boy Advance version or try out Casual Style with no time limit and the ability to restart from checkpoints.

Another Code Recollection demo

Nintendo has given fans a little surprise to close out the year, as a demo for Another Code: Recollection just launched. It can be found on the eShop.

Remember that Another Code: Recollection is comprised of two mystery adventures that Nintendo originally shipped on DS and Wii. Further information is available in the following overview:

Yohane the Parhelion Blaze in the Deepblue demo

Yohane the Parhelion: Blaze in the Deepblue, the next game from Inti Creates, just received a demo on Switch. It’s accessible on the eShop.

The demo lets players experience three early areas – the Sunken Temple, Grotto, and Ruins – and explore the game before release. They can try out the Cast system used to craft equipment, search nooks and crannies in search of powerful bosses and treasure, and defeat monsters and pick up Musical Scores to use Yohane’s power-up mode where she sings her newest song, “Deep Blue”.

Crymachina demo

Crymachina is just on the horizon, and a new trailer for the game has just been released. Switch owners in North America and Europe can download it now.

The demo should let fans try out some early parts oft he game. It follows NIS America’s other Switch demos in that if you play the trial, save data can be transferred to the full release. 

Three upcoming, high-profile Switch games have now received demos – specifically Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, Star Ocean: The Second Story R, and Silent Hope.

Square Enix says that for Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, players will be able to transfer the monsters in their main party and reserves into the full game. The same holds true for the Star Ocean demo, which lets players start their adventure and experience the opening hours of the game. Finally, for Silent Hope, the entire first level of the Abyss is included.

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